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asylum seekers crammed into rat-infested rooms | world news

‘Guest houses’ provided by Home Office contractor unfit for habitation, say lawyersHundreds of asylum seekers have been crammed into a network of “guest houses” provided by a Home Office contractor overrun by cockroaches, rats and mice, the Guardian has learned.Lawyers shown footage recorded by the Guardian – which reveals that families of four are sharing small double beds and are being crammed into spaces so small that they are barely able to walk around their rooms – said that the conditions ...

forget the louvre, here's our loo: people who turn their homes into art galleries | art and design

With exhibition space squeezed, artists are turning to their own domestic spaces to put on shows between the pots and pans in the kitchen, their bedrooms – and even the smallest roomTwo months after Isobel Atacus moved into her new home in Walthamstow, London, she made an unusual decision: she would turn her living space into an art gallery. Since then, exhibitions have happened in every room, even the loo.“Last year we exhibited a work that was a kind of ecosystem, stretched out over the floor ...

the real consequence of a no-deal brexit is not short-term shock – it’s a long recession | ellie mae o’hagan | opinion

Those opposed to no deal need to stop predicting an apocalypse and instead focus on the slow economic destruction it will bringA couple of days before the UK voted to leave the EU, the official remain campaign, Stronger In, released a bulletin of what it imagined the news headlines to be the next day in the event of a leave vote. Job losses would ensue, it said; prices would rise, the pound would plummet, and the UK would be stuck in a protracted negotiation process for the next decade. (Telling...

toddler injured after falling from hotel window in blackpool | uk news

Two-year-old girl in serious condition at Alder Hey children’s hospitalA toddler has sustained multiple fractures after falling from the second floor of a hotel in Blackpool.Emergency services were called to the Rooms Inn hotel, in the town centre, shortly before 9am on Tuesday to reports of a baby having fallen from a window. Continue reading...

being an eu citizen in the uk was hard enough. now priti patel has made it worse | marie le conte | opinion

After three years of confusion, those of us who have chosen to make Britain our home are still none the wiser about our statusBeing an EU citizen living in the UK for the past three years has largely had the same rhythm as an undergraduate degree: relax, relax, panic for a week, enter a deep state of denial, relax, relax and repeat.We have either been forgotten about for months at a time, breezily told that everything will be fine (but we shouldn’t bother filling our pretty little heads with the...

the dutch model of developing young footballers: let them sink or swim | football

The best teenagers at Ajax, PSV, AZ and Utrecht do not play in a youth league. They face men in the country’s second divisionBy Gavin Willacy for Playing in the ShadowsDespite Ajax going desperately close to reaching the Champions League final, the Eredivisie seems to be out of fashion with Premier League recruiters. Only two players moved from the Dutch league to the Premier League this summer. Coincidentally, they went to last season’s top two, with Manchester City paying PSV £5.3m for Angeliñ...

samsung galaxy note10 pre-orders in south korea are twice as high as note9's

The Samsung Galaxy Note10 is a hit in South Korea - the locals have pre-ordered twice as many units as they did Galaxy Note9s last year. The new flagship went up on pre-order on August 9, so it has been 11 days (Samsung will start shipping units this Friday). And in that period a total of 1.3 million units of Note 10 and Note10+ have been pre-ordered. The most popular model proved to be the Galaxy Note10+ 5G with 256GB storage and the Aura Glow paint job. Note that Samsung is only offering t...

phil neville calls for social media boycott to combat racist abuse | football

• England women’s coach responds to Pogba abuse on Twitter• ‘Let’s come off social media. Let’s see the effect that it has’Phil Neville has called for the football community to “send a powerful message” and boycott social media for six months in response to the rise in racist abuse of players after Paul Pogba was targeted online having missed a penalty for Manchester United against Wolves.“I’ve lost total faith in whoever runs these social media departments, so I just wonder whether now as a foo...

cameroon anglophone separatist leader handed life sentence | world news

Self-proclaimed president of ‘Ambazonia’ and nine followers convicted of charges including ‘terrorism and secession’A military court in Cameroon has handed a life sentence to the head of the country’s anglophone separatist movement, Julius Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, and nine of his followers, lawyers said.The 10 were convicted of charges including “terrorism and secession”, the state’s lawyer, Martin Luther Achet, told Agence France-Presse. Continue reading...

‘i was an isolated young carer. being involved in a play stopped me killing myself’ | society

A play at the Edinburgh festival, based on real-life experience, is identifying desperate children hidden in caring rolesTrapped between the demands of school and caring for her stepfather and mother with mental health issues, Salford teenager Kerry was several times pushed to the point of suicide.From the age of 11, Kerry’s weekdays were dominated by a flurry of early morning cooking, cleaning and organisation of medication, before leaving for school – only to return to more of the same, plus r...

this porridge is just right: homemade baby food that's big business in india | amrita gupta | global development

Entrepreneurs are cooking up wholesome alternatives to sugary baby formulas in a country where only one baby in 10 gets the recommended nutritionWhen her baby was six months old, Dr Hemapriya Natesan found herself appalled by the sugary commercial baby food available. With her mother, she began to make batches of mullaikatiya sathumaavu, a traditional porridge for weaning infants in Tamil Nadu, southern India.It’s a painstaking 10-day process with more than 15 grains, lentils and nuts. Many of t...

iran rejects appeal against uk resident's 10-year jail sentence | world news

Relatives of Aras Amiri say sentence passed in May was upheld without a hearingThe family of a UK resident detained in Iran on spying charges have expressed their dismay after a 10-year prison sentence against her was upheld without a hearing.Aras Amiri, 33, a British Council employee, was jailed in May, almost a year after she was arrested while visiting her ailing grandmother in Tehran. Continue reading...

vivo iqoo pro 5g tops antutu charts ahead of launch

vivo's IQOO lineup will get its newest member with the unveiling of the IQOO Pro 5G on August 22. Now the device bearing the V1916A model number passed through AnTuTu and delivered quite the performance, pushing out 497,179 points - a new record on the benchmark. Previously, we saw the unreleased Meizu 16s Pro post 464,411 points which was a record in itself. According to the AnTuTu Weibo page, the performance is achieved in large thanks to the F2FS file system combined with TurboWrite ...

russia and china say us missile test could revive arms race | us news

Beijing urges US to ‘let go of cold war mentality’ after it fires nuclear-capable weaponRussia and China have said a new US missile test has heightened military tensions and risks triggering an arms race, weeks after Washington ended a cold-war-era weapons pact with Moscow.The US and Russia terminated the intermediate-range nuclear forces (INF) treaty this month after accusing each other of violating the accord. Washington said the agreement also tied its hands in dealing with other powers such ...

wrong peace deal could mean 'return to chaos' for afghanistan | global development

US-Taliban agreement will not be successful without involvement of government and citizens, say Afghan women’s rights groupsAfghanistan could “return to chaos” with the wrong peace deal, say women’s rights groups in the country. A poorly negotiated agreement without proper representation of Afghan citizens and a clear counterterrorism strategy would place the democratic gains of the past 18 years at risk, says Suraya Pakzad, founder of the Voice of Women Organisation.Talks between the US and the...

the spin | pavel florin: ‘i came to england to speak with people. this is espionage’ | sport

The Romanian bowler received VIP treatment at Lord’s, but the drive to grow cricket in Romania and Europe needs attentionPresumably, these days, there is some sort of support group for those who have become overnight internet sensations. Somewhere someone who accidentally invented a new dance move, or tasered their own foot, can go for advice, solace, group counselling. A closed Facebook group where Fenton’s owner or Hot Mugshot Guy warn newcomers of the things no viral superstar realises – for ...

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